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“Come here just for the sunset!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Chesterton
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Owner description: Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.Indiana Dunes State Park features a wide variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, black oak forest, wooded wetlands, and a button-bush marsh. Together, these areas contain some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Midwest. Botanists from across the country enjoy studying the unusual collection of plant life. Other interesting features include “tree graveyards” (places where forests have been buried by sand and then, more recently, re-exposed by wind erosion). “Tree graveyards” can be seen in Big Blowout, near Trail 10. The Indiana Dunes area also is renowned throughout the Midwest for its birding. Visit the Nature Center to ask about good birding locations.Indiana Dunes State Park is surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered park comprising approximately 15,000 acres.
Myersville, Maryland
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13 reviews
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“Come here just for the sunset!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

I arrived at the campground in time to pitch my tent and walk down (through a lovely path in the woods, following a stream) to the Beach at Sunset. The view was spectacular. At $18 a night, with electricity, this has GOT TO BE the best value for an overnight stopover within 50 miles! The Chicago Skyline view is awesome. The nightly temps can drop quite low, however, so break out the down sleeping bags! Truly a "lovely vacationing spot."

Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great beach spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is a perfect beach getaway from Chicago and Indiana. The beach is really very nice and the water is nice, clear and relatively shallow, so you can wade fairly far into the water and still be comfortable. On a clear day you can get a great view of the Chicago skyline in the distance and its a truly relaxing place to spend the day. If you get tired of the beach, there's also tons of trails through the dunes and backwoods to keep you busy.

Visited June 2014
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Palm Bay, Florida
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“Watch the surf roll in”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

The day we went was very cold and windy so we didn't stay very long. Great to see the surf rolling in though. Would have walked around -- taken a hike but weather was not great.

Visited May 2014
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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“Took the kids they loved it! 2 thumbs up!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Great to go and relax. So beautiful. The kids had so much fun. Great place for a family outing. I'd come back again & again.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Beautiful land. Awesome view! Plenty of hiking exercise options! Clean beach. Very affordable entry fee. Plenty of lifeguards and staff. Concession is nice. There is a eatery and store upstairs is a very ran down building that need serious cleaning and upkeep. The male and female bathrooms very dirty and in need of soap or at least hand sanitizer.

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